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Z1277     Excavated Carbine Sling Swivel, Buckle, and Batwing

Description: Here is a nice grouping that was said to have been dug together by Norman Malone many years ago. The exact provenance has been lost. The buckle is perfect and still retains it's original curve. The iron sling swivel is in excellent shape and still has the spring. This would make a great display!

Recovered: Dug by Norman Malone

Price: $250.00 SOLD

Z1273     Regulation 1841 Carbine Sling Buckle

Description: Here is an excavated carbine sling buckle that is wavy. When originally sold this piece wasn't labeled as repaired but there is an obvious repair near the end of middle bar on one side. This buckle is priced accordingly. Although it's repaired it's still a nice display piece. Unfortunately, I am seeing more and more repaired relics on the internet. Keep an eye out for them and know what to look for!

Measures: 52 mm x 82 mm

Recovered: Hoover's Gap Tennessee (Wilder's Brigade Area)

Price: $75.00

Z1271     Regulation 1841 Carbine Sling Buckle and Batwing

Description:  Here is a flawless carbine sling buckle and batwing dug by Dr. Rees Buttram in the 1970's. This one has a perfect curve and both teeth move freely.

Measures: 52 mm x 85 mm

Recovered: Chickamauga, GA by Dr. Rees Buttram 1970's

Price: $135.00 SOLD

Z1268     Regulation 1841 Carbine Sling Buckle (Maker Marked)

Description: Here is a nice carbine sling buckle that was dug by a friend of mine a few years ago off of Valley Road. This one still had leather on it when it came out of the hole. This one is triple marked and is slightly wavy. This one is marked, "T.J.Shepard / US / E.Gaylord Chicopee Mass."

Measures: 51 mm x 82 mm

Recovered: Maryland Heights, MD. East Side by Matt Edwards off of Valley Road

Price: $175.00

Z1266     Regulation 1841 Carbine Sling Buckle and Batwing

Description: Nice excavated carbine sling buckle and batwing from the Murfreesboro, Tennessee area. Both flippers are intact and move freely. This one has a pleasing patina and it's slightly wavy. There is a slight diggers kiss on the outer edge that was done years ago. It is already starting to obtain patina and isn't noticeable but it is mentioned for exactness.

Measures: 50 mm x 84 mm

Recovered: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Price: $125.00

Z1252     Federal 1851 Pattern Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is an excavated waist belt plate that features a fully cast eagle and wreath. This one is missing the tongue and keeper bar and is probably why it was discarded. The body of the plate is a little wavy but still retains a dug/uncleaned patina.

Measures: 49.5mm x 78mm

Recovered: Approximately 5 Miles South of Hagerstown, Maryland. Pennington Farm

Price: $145.00

Z1233     Confederate Large Sized "Fork Tongue" Frame Buckle (Repaired)

Description: Here is a excavated fork tongue buckle that has been repaired. Upon close examination, this buckle appears to have been in three pieces. It has since been repaired but to which extent is unknown. If you don't want to pay full price for a perfect one, this may be for you. You can clearly see that the buckle has been repaired near the bar on one side. The other side appears to have a small section on one side that has been repaired on both ends.

Measures: 66.7mm x 98.5mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $495.00 Sale $425.00

Z1232     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Stud Hooks)

Description: Here is another dug buckle from Virginia. This one has a nice face and the studs and attachment hook are present. There is some very light lead lass in some areas.

Measures: 54mm x 85mm

Recovered: Old Union Road in Charles City County Virginia by Mark Stephens

Price: $325.00

Z1230     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Stud Hooks / With Leather)

Description: Here is a nice US belt plate with leather remnants still attached to the back. The face is nice and all of the attachment hooks are present. The lead is intact and there is some rim damage in the 10 O'clock position.

Measures: 53mm x 84mm

Recovered: Wilderness, Virginia 6/7/1980

Price: $295.00

Z1228     Federal 1839 Pattern Cartridge Box Plate

Description: Here is another dug box plate that displays quite well. This one can be described as slightly wavy but flat. Both of the iron loops are intact and coated.

Measures: 56mm x 86mm

Recovered: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Price: $175.00

Z1227     Federal 1839 Pattern Cartridge Box Plate

Description: Here is a nice excavated cartridge box plate with both of the iron loops attached. It has a great patina on the front and the lead solder is intact.

Measures: 54mm x 85mm

Recovered: Wilderness, Virginia 1982

Price: $195.00

Z1226     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Stud Hooks/Maker Marked)

Description: Here is a great maker marked buckle with all of the attachment hooks. The face is slick and you would be hard pressed to dig one like it today!

Backmark: W.H.SMITH / BROOKLYN

Measures: 54mm x 85mm

Recovered: Cold Harbor, Virginia

Price: $365.00 SOLD

Z1225     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Here is a very nice waist belt plate with the arrow hooks. The face is great and it still retains it's natural curve. All of the attachment hooks are present and the lead is in great shape!

Measures: 57mm x 87mm

Recovered: Third Corps Site at Stoneman's Switch

Price: $225.00

Z1224     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Here is a nice excavated US buckle. This one has a nice face and all of the attachment hooks are present on the back. This plate still retains a slight natural curve and the majority of the lead solder. There is a tad of rim damage/lead loss at the 2 O'clock position.

Measures: 58mm x 88mm

Recovered: Culpeper, Virginia

Price: $185.00

Z1223     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Stud Hooks)

Description: Here is another dug buckle from Antietam/Sharpsburg. This is the earlier type with the rounded studs on the back. Unfortunately, I don't know which area near Sharpsburg this one was recovered.

Measures: 54mm x 87mm

Recovered: Antietam, Maryland

Price: $150.00

Z1222     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Stud Hooks)

Description: Here is a nice early buckle from the Antietam area. This one has a nice face and retains nearly all of the lead solder. This plate was once part of a large collection of relics dug from Washington County and Frederick County Maryland. This plate is intact but slightly wavy.

Measures: 55mm x 86mm

Recovered: Wheeler Rd. Between Keedysville, MD. and Boonsboro Md. 11/18/1990

Price: $295.00

Z1220     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Here is a nice federal waist belt plate with all of the attachment hooks. This one has a mottled brown patina on the face. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder. The plate retains its original curve. There are some rounded dents on the rim at the 7 O'clock position. They appear to have been done at the time the plate was in use.

Measures: 55mm x 86mm

Recovered: Stones River

Price: $185.00

Z1201     Regulation 1841 Carbine Sling Buckle

Description: Here is a carbine sling buckle that appears to have been dug in a sandy area or perhaps a fire pit. Fortunately, this one isn't bent too far out of shape like most examples. There is still one full flipper and part of another. Neither of them are movable.

Measures: 51mm x 81mm

Recovered: Chancellorsville, Virginia

Price: $65.00

Z1198     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another excavated eagle breastplate with both of the iron loops. This one has some small holes on the face around the neck and wing. The back retains nearly all of the solder except in one small area. The plate is flat and displays quite well. Both of the iron loops are intact but one is weaker than the other.

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Chancellorsville, Virginia

Price: $135.00

Z1194     Federal 1839 Pattern Cartridge Box Plate

Description: Here is a very nice excavated cartridge box plate. This one has a nice face and is flat as a pancake. Both of the iron loops are present on the back and one is slightly bent over. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder. The face has a nice patina but there are a few shiny spots on the face.

Measures: 58mm x 88mm

Recovered: Central Virginia

Price: $175.00

Z1176     Regulation 1841 Carbine Sling Buckle

Description: Here is a nice excavated carbine sling buckle. This one is intact and the flippers are frozen in place. The middle bar is slightly bent and the outer end edges are slightly wavy.

Measures: 51mm x 85mm

Recovered: Wilderness, Virginia

Price: $95.00

Z1175     Regulation 1841 Carbine Sling Buckle

Description: Here is a nice excavated carbine sling buckle with the batwing. Both pieces still exhibit a nice patina. I wasn't there when it was dug so I'm not sure if both pieces were dug together. Both of the flippers are intact and moveable. The entire frame is tweaked ever so slightly.

Measures: 51mm x 84mm

Recovered: Cold Harbor, Virginia

Price: $125.00 SOLD

Z1174     Regulation 1841 Carbine Sling Buckle

Description: Here is another nice excavated carbine sling buckle. Both pieces still exhibit a nice patina. I wasn't there when it was dug so I'm not sure if both pieces were dug together. Both of the flippers are intact and moveable. The entire frame is tweaked ever so slightly.

Measures: 52mm x 84mm

Recovered: Corinth, Mississippi

Price: $125.00 SOLD

Z1173     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another excavated eagle breastplate in great shape. This one has a pleasing face, all of it's lead, and both of the iron loops. The iron loops are strong and slightly bent.

Measures: 63mm

Recovered: New Kent County Court House

Price: $195.00

Z1172     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another great excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a pleasing brown patina on the face. The back is in fantastic condition and both iron loops are still in place.

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Spotsylvania Courthouse

Price: $195.00

Z1171     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another very nice excavated eagle breastplate. This one is very nice and has a great lead back and both loops are solid.

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Near Culpeper, Va. at Cedar Mtn. by Charlie Johnson

Price: $195.00

Z1167     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a nice excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a very nice dark brown patina on the face. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder and both hooks. There are a few small rust burrs around one of the hooks. Plates like these are hard to dig today!

Measures: 63mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $195.00

Z1166     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a very nice eagle breastplate recovered from a hospital site in Cold Harbor, Va. This one still has both of the iron loops which are solid. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder and there is one rust burr in the very middle. The face has a very nice patina and the plate is flat as can be! It's getting harder and hard to find plates like this today!

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Cold Harbor / Field Hospital

Price: $195.00

Z1151     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a very nice breastplate with both of the iron loops intact. This one retains nearly all of the lead solder and the face has great detail. There is a very slight bump to the edge. There are no cracks or rust burrs on the face. This would make a great addition to any plate collection!

Backmark: None

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $195.00

Z1147     Excavated Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Here is a nice buckle excavated in the Shenandoah Valley. This one is still dirty and could be cleaned up a little more. Both of the arrow hooks and tongue are attached on the back. There is some lead solder loss around the curled edges.

Backmark: NONE

Measures: 58mm x 90mm

Recovered: Kernstown, Va.

Price: $150.00

Z1143     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a nice excavated eagle breastplate. This one is perfectly flat. The back retains 99.9% of the lead solder and both hooks are intact. The hooks have rusted through the lead but are extremely sturdy. The face has very nice detail and the patina is a dark brown.

Backmark: NONE

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Tennessee July 1994

Price: $175.00

Z1139     Excavated Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Very nice excavated US buckle. This one has the mid to late war arrow hooks on the back. The lead solder is almost fully intact. The face of the plate has a dirty patina with a few small freeze cracks. The plate is a little wavy around the edges but is rather flat. The back of the plate does have some period carving on it. This would make a great addition to any buckle collection.

Backmark: NONE

Measures: 58mm x 90mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $185.00

Z1135     Excavated Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Very nice excavated US buckle. This one has the mid to late war arrow hooks on the back. The lead solder is almost fully intact. The face of the plate has a pleasing dark patina. The plate is a little wavy around the edges but is rather flat. This would make a great addition to any buckle collection!

Backmark: None

Measures: 58mm x 92mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $195.00

Z1103     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern US Waist Belt Plate (W.H. Smith Brooklyn)

Description: Nice excavated US buckle with a dark patina. This one is maker marked and still has some leather on the back.

Backmark: W.H. Smith / Brooklyn

Measures: 54mm x 86mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $395.00

Z981     New York Militia Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is a very nice early New York panel waist belt plate. It was recovered at an unknown site in Connecticut many years ago by a local relic hunter. This one was cleaned but the patina is very nice! The tongue and attachment bar are still in place. The iron keepers have rusted off which is common on dug examples. This plate still has a little bit of gilt peaking through on the front. This plate is relatively flat but does show a little tweaks due to use. This was recovered by a digger in the Connecticut area many years ago and is fresh to the market.

Measures: 53mm x 78mm

Reference: American Military Belt Plates by O'Donnell Page 252 Plate#397

Recovered: Connecticut

Price: $395.00 

Z929     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a slight forward curve to the face. There is some rim loss to the front and the back has a small chunk of the lead solder missing. The iron attachment loops are missing as is common on dug examples.

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $65.00

Z928     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another eagle breastplate. This one has some issues around the edge. A decent portion of the lead solder is still intact and the iron loops have rusted away. This one is maker marked on the back.

Backmark: BOYD & SONS / BOSTON

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $90.00

Z926     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a slight curve but displays nicely. Most of the lead solder on the back is still present and the iron attachment loops have rusted away. There is some rim damage on this example almost the entire way around.

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $65.00

Z902     Tongue from a Militia Buckle Marked "76"

Description: Here is an excellent relic from Frederick, Md. This is a massive tongue! Unfortunately the large wreath wasn't found with this tongue. The plate was recovered July 23, 1989 North of Frederick, Md. where Route 26 splits off of 15. The exact location is where the State Farm building is located today. I haven't been able to track down another buckle like it anywhere in my books. I have a strong feeling this buckle belonged to someone in the 76th New York Infantry Regiment. Based on where the plate was found I would think it would have been lost during the Maryland 1862 Campaign or during the fallback from Gettysburg. The 76th New York was in this area during both time frames. A little more research needs to be done. The left side of the belt keeper is bent forwards and needs to be straightened. The tongue area is nice with some verdigris. There is a slight shovel scrape across the face touching on the tops of both numbers and the top edge. These oddball plates are fun to research and I would bet it would be easy to track this to the 76th N.Y.I.R.

Measures: Tongue 42mm Belt Keeper 68.25mm

Recovered: North of Frederick Maryland off of Route 26 near the State Farm building.

Price: $995.00

Z871     Federal Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a nice excavated eagle breastplate. This one is missing the hooks but does have most of the lead solder on the back. It is curved quite a bit but could clean up a little nicer.

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $65.00

Z870     Federal Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a rough eagle breastplate. This is another out of the Fairfax, Virginia area. This one has  pleasing patina that could clean up more. Unfortunately, the hooks are missing and there is some rim loss around the edges.

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia collection.

Price: $65.00

Z837     Regulation 1826 Pattern Eagle Breastplate

Description: Here is a nice excavated eagle breastplate out of a large collection of relics from the Fairfax County area. This one remains uncleaned and still has a partial loop on the back. The lead solder is peppered but still intact for the most part.

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $135.00

Z824     Regulation 1826 Pattern Eagle Breastplate

Description: Here is a very nice eagle breastplate from the Fairfax County area. This one is still dirty and could be cleaned a little more. The plate is flat and both iron attachment loops are still present on the back. Most of the lead solder still remains but is a little flaky.

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Fairfax, Virginia Collection

Price: $165.00

Z733     Confederate Cast Brass Wreath for Two Piece Buckle

Description: Here is a well worn wreath for a two piece buckle. When this was dug, it was in three pieces and the digger tried to glue it together at one time. The outside rim measures approximately 43mm in width. The inside dimensions measure approximately 31mm x 17mm. This was recovered with a lot of other relics in the Chambersburg, Pa. area that was used as a retreat route after the battle of Gettysburg.

Recovered: Gettysburg Retreat Route, Chambersburg, Pa. area

Price: $275.00

Z235     US 1839 Pattern Cartridge Box Plate

Description: Very nice excavated cartridge box plate. The front of this plate has a dark brown patina with a few dull spots. The back of the plate retains nearly 100% of its lead solder. Both hooks are strong and still present. This plate was excavated long ago and is as flat as a pancake.

Measures: 55mm x 86mm

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell, plate 505 (boxplate)

Price: $225.00

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